Miami, FL (CNS) – Two days into the 11th annual Miami Fashion Week and the designs have seemed more off-the-rack than runway bound, but the Dominican Republic surprised the onlookers of industry elite with some designs that looked to be straight out of the New York or Paris Fashion Week.
Gutierrez Marcano, Cinthia Avelino, Damaris Rubio, Carlos de Moya, Magaly Tiburcio and Belkola, the winner of DominicanaModa Best Designer 2008, all showcased their latest collections at Miami Fashion Week to audience acclaim. Cinthia Avelino showcased designs that were whimsical and playful yet wholly chic, with layers upon layers of detail and fanciful touches like an oversized top hat. Gutierrez Marcano showcased myriad ways to make a black dress look classic, yet adding twists in detail to make them entirely new. Carlos de Moya took traditional inspiration to new heights with his designs, including a long, flowing pearl dress with added detail which gave the model a majestic look.
Damaris Rubio’s collection was a mix of both old and new, such as richly designed dresses and ruffled tops complimenting a high waisted short which is both appropriate for Dominican weather and shows off legs for days. Magaly Tiburcio and Belkola featured inventive cuts and patterns with eye-popping detail on their designs.
If the showcase at Miami Fashion Week was any indication, there should be a big Dominican flag popping up on the fashion map at anytime. With two days left of the fashion showcase and collections from international locales like Dubai, Spain, and Malaysia, the Dominican showcase’s mix of visionary design with classic inspiration will be hard to beat.